Thursday, May 4, 2017
ORNL in the News

Spallation Neutron Source expansion timeline picking up

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) From the empty space in the linear accelerator building to the giant mound of dirt out back, it's clear that Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) has room to grow...5/2

'Quantum mechanical squeezing' enables quantum state atomic force microscopy

(PhysOrg) By taking advantage of a phenomenon known as "quantum mechanical squeezing," researchers have conceptually designed a new method of applying atomic force microscopy. Ali Passian of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and George Siopsis of the University of Tennessee introduced a novel method of making measurements in a paper published in Physical Review A...5/3

Ecosystem ModelsIndex to identify important system processes in ecosystems

(PhysOrg) Predicting how ecosystems might respond to environmental change could become more precise thanks to a new method known as a process sensitivity index developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Florida State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory...5/3

Amy Elliott: Manufacturing an Impact on Science Culture

(Blackbird Miltech) As an engineer and a science communicator, Amy Elliott wants to learn how stuff works, and she wants you to learn about it too. The researcher studies inkjet-based additive manufacturing at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory—specifically how new materials can improve end products...5/2

Plant Cell WallQuantifying changes in surface chemistry of woody plants during microbial fermentation

(PhysOrg) A bottleneck to breaking down woody plants for use in biofuels or other products may occur at the plant cell wall's surface, according to a new Oak Ridge National Laboratory study. Researchers exposed samples of non-pretreated poplar to a microorganism called Clostridium thermocellum...5/3

Faster image processing for neuroscience

(Artificial Intelligence Online) Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists designed software for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital that significantly sped processing of microscopy images used in brain development research...5/3

Science and Technology

Computers learn to understand humans better by modelling them

(Science Daily) Despite significant breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, it has been notoriously hard for computers to understand why a user behaves the way s/he does. Now researchers report that computers are able to learn to explain the behavior of individuals by tracking their glances and movements...5/3

Energy and Science Policy

How science fares in the U.S. budget deal

(Science Magazine/AAAS) Congress has finally reached a deal on spending bills for the 2017 fiscal year, which ends on 30 September. House of Representatives and Senate leaders announced last night that they expect lawmakers to vote this week on an agreement that wraps together all 12 appropriations bills that fund federal operations...5/1


DOE: Efficiency Protects Manufacturing Jobs

(Industrial Equipment News) The Energy Department's State Energy Program (SEP) has helped many states build industrial efficiency. In Ohio, a state that ranks fourth among the states in manufacturing GDP and leads the nation in production of plastics and rubber, fabricated metals, and electrical equipment and appliances, SEP has been supporting the Energy Efficiency Program for Manufacturers (EEPM) since 2007...5/1

VA Partners With Department Of Energy On Big-Data Initiative To Improve Health Care For Veterans

(CM Corridor News) Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the formation of a new partnership focused on the secure analysis of large digital health and genomic data, or so-called “big data,” from the VA and other federal sources to help advance health care for Veterans and others in areas such as suicide prevention, cancer and heart disease, while also driving DOE’s next-generation supercomputing designs...5/2

BebopCray to install cluster supercomputer at Argonne National Labs

(Datacenter Dynamics) High performance computing specialist Cray has been awarded a contract to deliver a CS400 cluster supercomputer to the Laboratory Computing Resource Center (LCRC) at the Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, USA. The cluster has been named Bebop, after the jazz style, with LCRC historically naming its computers along jazz themes...5/2

Agency responsible for U.S. nukes is lax in fighting fraud, report says

(The Seattle Times) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) isn't doing enough to cut back on the risk of fraud among its many contractors, according to a government audit obtained by McClatchy. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued the audit, requested by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., after high-profile incidents of fraud by the DOE's contractors, including two at the Hanford Site nuclear reservation in Washington...5/1

Local and State

Knoxville mayor seeks $2M for affordable housing

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) In her State of the City address last week, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero proposed $2 million in the city budget next year to help stem the worsening shortage of affordable housing across the city, a large step in her fight against what she warned could become a "crisis situation."...5/4